Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

52/4

These Wednesdays seem to come round awfully quickly.


GOODBYE TO ALL THAT
Robert Graves

I once caught one of them in the bathroom, scratching up a pair of hearts conjoined, with Dick's initials and mine above them. I pushed him into hte bath and turned the taps on.


I first read this about 20 years ages ago. I've read it several times, it's a great book. What has struck me today, as I took it down off the shelf, is how small the print is. I CAN read print this small, but have often, in recent years, put books back on the shelf in bookshops because of it. Not comfortable, you see. Ha! I don't know, it is just funny to have in my hand proof of a time when such things didn't bother me.



4 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

You know I have books like that...Thy Servant a Dog is one of my favorites. I have a kindle and love it, but there's nothing like the smell of ink paper and the feel of a nicely bound book..
hugs
Sandi

Eileen said...

Your previous comments about your new Kindle got to me, Helena! My new Kindle arrived last week, and I'm really enjoying it.

My 52/4 this week is from 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' by John Buchan:

"No him. He's just been a week at the job. He rins about in a wee motor-cawr, and wad speir the inside out o' a whelk."

Blue said...

Have to confess not read your book - will look for a charity shop copy in not too small a print :)

My offering is here :-
http://blue-startingover.blogspot.com/2012/03/524-book-meme-week-13.html

Helena said...

Sandi,

I agree. I love the smell of old books. I love to kill a rainy afternoon browsing in a secondhand bookshop :)

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Eileen,

I hope you and your kindle will be very happy together :) I love the way you can increase the font on these things. ANOTHER thing is that I am not put off a book by how thick it is any more (hahaha I mean it, it's true. More than an inch thick and I have to be really keen to read it). I downloaded a free copy of Les Miserables and am enjoying it, then I discovered the paper version is over 700 pages long. I would never have picked it up if I'd seen it!

39 Steps.... always makes me think of Robert Powell :)

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Will nip over right away, BLue!